Technology

Technology

The waves of disruption that have been lapping at the shore of industries such as retail and taxis are finally beginning to hit shipping, with a slew of start ups entering the transportation sector in recent years. Venture capital firms have been eager to back such companies, and are increasingly funding the most promising technology. Meanwhile, established players in shipping such as Maersk Line and Kuhne + Nagel are funding and developing their own technologies to ensure that they are not overwhelmed by the waters rising around them.

News & Analysis

29 May 2020
After spiking in March due to increased demand for essential goods amid the COVID-19 pandemic, truck detention has receded but remains a disruptive factor for truckers that can backfire on shippers when capacity is needed.
12 Jun 2015
A test of 20 top freight forwarders’ online services produced a dismal set of results and revealed the distance still to be travelled before logistics companies are ready to offer efficient automated bookings.
Haven's Matt Tillman at TPM 2015.
28 Apr 2015
At TPM 2015, Haven, a new startup business in the shipping industry, launched an online platform allowing shippers to be more self-sufficient, comparing and reserving container slots from ocean carriers. CEO and Founder Matt Tillman discusses connecting shippers directly with carriers, and moving beyond rates as a differentiating factor of service.
11 Mar 2015
Global trade management company Amber Road adds new sourcing and manufacturing capabilities by acquiring Hong Kong-based ecVision.
06 Mar 2015
The key to making the Cargomatic free-flow program work is to have enough BCO partners to generate a sizable block of containers each day to keep the equipment operator or operators busy, Mark Wheeler, general manager at WBCT, told a workshop at this week's TPM Conference in Long Beach.
05 Mar 2015
Cargomatic, the company driving the "Uberization" of local trucking in Southern California, wants to use its technology to break the massive container logjam at West Coast ports. The "Silicon Beach" tech company is offering a free-flow program designed to get ocean containers stacked up in port terminals on trucks and moving inland more quickly.
10 Feb 2015
U.S. freight shipments and spending took a seasonal dip in January, but remained elevated compared with 2013 and previous years.
02 Feb 2015
Avondale Partners sees higher over-the-road pricing ahead for shippers, but still expects some freight to shift from intermodal rail to truck as fuel prices and surcharges plummet, cutting into total trucking costs.
29 Jan 2015
A fresh round of investment will help Cargomatic bring its on-demand local trucking technology to shippers in new U.S. markets.
18 Dec 2014
Truckload rates and intermodal pricing continued their year-over-year climb in November, spurred by stronger freight demand and port congestion.
08 Dec 2014
Descartes Systems Group has acquired two companies for about $11.8 million that will help the Waterloo, Ontario-based transportation technology provider expand its European reach.
29 Oct 2014
HONG KONG — Robert Mylod, the former Priceline CFO who played a major role in automating the online consumer travel market, has joined online freight pricing and quoting network Freightos, which plans to mimic the automated system that was such a game changer in the travel business.
10 Oct 2014
Shipper spending rose faster than shipment volume in September, according to the Cass Freight Index, as the economy cooled a degree but U.S. freight rates remained elevated and surface transportation capacity tight amid the inland peak shipping season.
10 Sep 2014
Cargo theft is about to enter its busiest season, and motor carriers, in particular, are advised to be on guard.
20 Aug 2014
Venice, California-based Cargomatic is testing its “Uber”-like truck and shipment matching technology in the tri-state trucking market of New York, northern New Jersey and Connecticut.
20 Aug 2014
Changing supply chains demand changing technology, and a more multimodal, integrated supply chain require a blend of asset- and non-asset-based transportation systems.
22 Jul 2014
Spurred by stronger industrial production, consumer spending and housing activity, truckload rates rose 5.2 percent on average in June from a year ago...
24 Jun 2014
The “Uberization” of trucking appears to be gaining momentum.
23 Jun 2014
The Port of Virginia has launched its Navis N4 terminal operating system at Norfolk International Terminals two weeks ahead of the scheduled July 4 start date.
Ken Bloom
23 Jun 2014
After 13 years of working closely with container lines to develop their electronic cargo booking and tracking capabilities through INTTRA, its former CEO Ken Bloom is moving on to solve a different problem: how to change the way the shipping industry operates.
30 Apr 2014
Similar to how airline ticket aggregator sites find passengers the cheapest airfare, a new deal between e-shipping platform INTTRA and multimodal rate provider Catapult International will allow shippers and freight forwarders to find carrier rates online before they book shipments through INTTRA.
13 Feb 2014
Truckload rates rose 2.9 percent in January, with intermodal rates climbing 1.7 percent year-over-year, Cass Information Systems said.
24 Sep 2013
FreightWatch International, a logistics security services company, reported a total of 202 cargo thefts in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2013, with 87 thefts in June, 62 in July and 53 in August.
18 Sep 2013
Amber Road has acquired EasyCargo, a Shanghai-based global trade management solutions provider specializing in trade regulations in China.
@ColoradoDOT tweeted a photo of the bridge at 95th Street over Coal Creek in Louisville, Colo., that collapsed.
17 Sep 2013
Although flooding in Colorado is winding down as heavy rains have begun subsiding, Mexico has declared a state of emergency after being battered by storms...
12 Sep 2013
Truckload linehaul rates increased only slightly in August while intermodal rates were essentially flat, according to the latest indices from Cass Information Systems.
12 Aug 2013
Statistics from 2010 and 2011 suggest that the Brazilian states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro claim 83 percent of all recorded cargo crime incidents in Brazil...
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01 Aug 2013
FreightWatch International, a logistics security services company, reported a total of 295 cargo thefts in Mexico in the second quarter of 2013.
22 Jul 2013
FreightWatch International, a logistics security services company, reported a total of 194 cargo thefts in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2013, with 45 thefts in April, 66 in May and 83 in June.
16 Jul 2013
North American truckload pricing in June increased 1.5 percent year-over-year and 1.0 percent month-over-month, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.
25 Jun 2013
Several days of delays and disruption caused by glitches in the launch of a new computerized operating system frayed nerv
14 Jun 2013
North American truckload pricing in May increased 1.4 percent from the same month in 2012, but fell 2.4 percent from April, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.
12 Jun 2013
Amber Road has opened an office in Munich to serve as headquarters for its Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
17 May 2013
Amber Road, a New Jersey-based platform that automates and streamlines global trade, has been selected by the Kahala Posts Group, an alliance of 10 postal administrations around the world...
14 Mar 2013
A timely indicator of market fluctuations in per-mile truckload pricing isolating the linehaul component of full truckload costs from other components (fuel and accessorials), providing a reflection of trends in baseline truckload prices.
12 Mar 2013
Truckload pricing in February increased 4.3 percent from the same month in 2012, but declined 0.1 percent from January, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.